2018/2019 Season

Thin Edge New Music Collective, Tiff and Riparian Acoustics present


dir. Sarah Hennies | USA 2017 | 50 min. Video

Sarah Hennies' Contralto has generated a wave of critical praise since its debut at the Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room last year. An experimental documentary designed to be performed with live musical accompaniment, Contralto — which takes its title from the term for the lowest female singing voice — is based on a common practice among transgender women, whereby they learn to change their voices in order to be perceived as “female.” Unlike transgender men, whose voices deepen due to the testosterone prescribed during hormonal therapy, the voices of transgender women remain unchanged by estrogen therapy, and require conscious practice to achieve a higher pitch.

In Contralto, onscreen interviews with and vocal exercises performed by seven transgender women are accompanied by a live score that emphasizes timbre, pitch and tone — qualities of sound that, when found in voices, often signify culturally determined gender cues. Conceived in part as a “protest piece” that challenges the audience to “change their definition of what they think a woman sounds like,” Contralto is a visceral and beautiful exploration of identity through sound.

Contralto is brought to Toronto in conjunction with Tiff and Riparian Acoustics. TENMC will be performing the piece along with a brand new composition commissioned especially for the collective. TENMC performers for the evening include Ilana Waniuk (violin), Nelson Moneo (viola), Amahl Arulanandam (cello), Adam Scime (double bass), Cheryl Duvall (keyboard/percussion), Nathan Petitpas (percussion) and Germaine Liu (percussion). 

General admission- $14


Contralto is presented with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Tiff, Riparian Acoustics, and Arraymusic


2017/2018 Season

FUSING: Premieres VII

Thin Edge New Music Collective and The Music Gallery Present:

Fusing: Premieres VII

June 22nd, 2018

918 Bathurst- Toronto

Doors 7:30pm Concert: 8:00pm

Tickets: $22 Advanced, $25 At the Door, $20 Music Gallery Members/Seniors/Arts Workers, $15 Students

Travel outside the new musical box with a twist on TENMC's annual premieres series. Fusing will include 6 new interdisciplinary premieres fusing new music with dance, circus, literary, visual, theatrical and media arts by emerging artists for near and far, including: Kaie Kellough + Jason Sharp, Rebecca Leonard, Juro Kim Feliz, Amy Hull, Dan Tapper, Viola Yip, Patrick McGraw, Janet Sit and Sonja Rainey.

Fusing is presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, The Music Gallery, Dream Cymbals and Arraymusic.


February 2, 2018

Doors: 7:30pm ~ Show: 8:00pm

Arrayspace-155 Walnut Ave

Tickets available at the door: $20 General, $15 arts worker


In an age of instantaneous communication, Spanish-German composer Maria de Alvear’s music requires listeners to transcend the pace of modern living. TENMC’s third concert, ‘Thinking’ is named after Alvear’s hour-long work for piano, violin, pre-recorded video and live video, paired with the world premiere of a new work by Stratford-based composer Marci Rabe.





Co-presented by Thin Edge New Music Collective and the Canadian Music Centre 

November 11th, 2017

Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street

Shows at: 3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm (doors open 30 min prior to each set)

Tickets available online: $25 regular, $20 st/sr/arts


TENMC invites you to become chamber music partners for an intimate evening of music making. Visual artist Sonja Rainey transforms Toronto’s CMC Chalmers Performance Space into an immersive canvas where audiences can experience one of three intimate performances (3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm). Each show will provide performers, composers and audience members with the chance to share and engage as part of a post concert talk back and reception. Our program includes the world premiere of Anna Höstman’s Harbour (2016) for solo piano, This Carefully Chosen Stillness (2017) by Adam Scime for violin and electronics, and Morton Feldman’s masterpiece of silent resistance, The King of Denmark for solo percussion.







October 10th, 2017

Doors: 7:30pm ~ Show: 8:00pm

Arrayspace-155 Walnut Ave

Featuring special guest: Shi-An Costello (世 安)

Tickets: General $20, st/sr/arts worker $15

Works by: Brian Ferneyhough, Shi-An Costello (世 安)Jessie MarinoElena Rykova,Morgan KraussKeith Kusterer

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Welcome to TENMC's 7th season! For our season opener, we're thrilled to be joined by Chicago-based pianist, composer, writer, actor, and activist Shi-An Costello (世 安) who will be performing works for speaking pianist alongside members of TENMC.  Come out to Arrayspace for an evening of works by Morgan Krauss, Jessie Marino, Elena Rykova, Keith Kusterer and a rare Toronto performance of Brian Ferneyhough's 'Opus Contra Naturam'. 






TENMC's 2017/2018 season is presented with generous support from: 





2016/2017 Season

Feldman Festival

Arrayspace 155 Walnut Ave

TENMC celebrates the 90th birthday of Morton Feldman in a 2 day festival.

Sept 15 - 8 pm 
Morton Feldman, Piano, violin, viola, cello 

Sept 16 - 6:30 pm
Linda Catlin-Smith gives a talk on Morton Feldman's life and musical legacy. Performance of Spring of Chosroes by Co-AD's Ilana Waniuk and Cheryl Duvall

Sept 16th-8 pm

Linda Catlin-Smith- Ribbon
Barbara Monk Feldman-The Northern Shore 
Morton Feldman- Three Voices (for Soprano and tape) - featuring guest artist- Charlotte Mundy (soprano)

Festival pass - General $36, st/sr/arts worker $26
Single ticket - General $20, st/sr/arts worker $15



Balancing on the Edge

Presented in association with Harbourfront Centre 
A Girl in the Sky Productions + TENMC

Sneak Preview- Nuit Blanche, October 1st, 7pm-7am Collective Space, 221 Sterling Rd. Unit #5

Harbourfront Centre Theatre- NextSteps Dance Series

November 18th 8pm, November 19th 2 + 8 pm

New circus and new music collide in boundary pushing, radical circus performances interpreting what it means to be ‘balancing on the edge’. Featuring special guest, DJ P-Love, works by John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, David Lang, Nicole Lizée and the world premiere of compositions by Scott Rubin and Nick Storring.

Ticket Prices: $15, $28,$35
(25% discount on groups of 10 or more)*

* Contact the Harbourfront Centre Box Office for more details: 416-973-4000 


Thin Edge New Music Collective and Balancing on the Edge would like to thank our generous sponsor:

Balancing on the Edge is presented with generous support from: 


Raging Against the Machine- Coming Together + CD Release 

Co-presentation with The Music Gallery (St. George the Martyr Church -197 John Street)

March 4th, 8pm, 2017

Montreal’s intrepid Ensemble Paramirabo and TENMC reunite to present works for double sextet featuring the Toronto premiere of new works by, Anna Pidgorna, Colin Labadie, James O’Callaghan, alongside Yannis Kyriakides' Karaoke Etudes and Frederic Rzewski's 'Coming Together'. Join us for the final stop of our Canadian tour and help celebrate the release of TENMC and EP's joint recording: Raging Against the Machine  featuring works by Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Anna HöstmanBrian Harman and Patrick Giguère on Redshift Records!

Tickets: $20 regular, $15 senior/student/arts worker/music gallery member



Raging Against the Machine-Coming Together' is presented in Toronto with generous support from:
The Music Gallery, Ontario Arts Council,  Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Arraymusic, SOCAN Foundation and
Dream Cymbals


Keys Wind and Strings Festival

Arrayspace-155 Walnut Ave


May 24th, 8pm, 2017

Keys Wind and Strings

Featuring special guests Olivia Steimel- Accordion + Solomiya Moroz-flute                                                                                                                                                   
Works by Allison Cameron, Gregory Lee Newsome, Uroš Rojko, Gabriel Erkoreka , Solomiya Moroz and Marielle Groven.


May 25th, 8pm, 2017

Premieres VI -  KWS Edition    
5 world premieres for TENMC and KWS by:
Jason Doell, Germaine Liu, Fjóla Evans , Kasia Czarski-Jachimovicz , and Tobias Eduard Schick.

Festival pass - General $36, st/sr/arts worker $26
Single ticket - General $20, st/sr/arts worker $15


TENMC's 2016/2017 Season is presented with generous support from:

Arraymusic, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council,  The Music Gallery, A Girl in the Sky Productions, Harbourfront Centre NextSteps Dance Series